Last August I moved to Oregon with my mom, in my hometown of Eugene. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing Oregon’s weather, it rains virtually nonstop. There are a few days in June and July that it doesn’t rain, but they are usually few and far in between. This may seem like a bit of an exaggeration, but I’m not joking about how often it rains in Oregon. Now that I’ve been back in Reno for two months, I have had a chance to experience every end of the spectrum of Reno’s weather as well. It can go from sunny to raining and back to sunny again before you even get out of your car. At least Oregon isn’t indecisive. It just rains all day no matter what.
Supposedly we’re in the middle of a massive heat wave right now in Reno, but I wouldn’t go that far. It’s hot outside because we live in the desert, and it’s summer. I’ve actually been meaning to go to wild island to cool off on a super hot day, but this is the last week of school and I think wild island actually already closed. Even if it didn’t, I would have to plan things extremely quickly to get there in time, which isn’t exactly my forte. I’m a slow, methodical thinker. Today is supposed to reach upwards of 100 degrees fahrenheit, which sucks because Steph’s coming over when I get off of work and we were hoping to go to to the park or maybe walk to a convenience store to get drinks.
We’ll have to walk to the best Reno Gold Dealers instead. She refuses to wear anything other than long pants to my house, so she’s always sweating like a pig on my couch when we’re trying to play games. Mario kart isn’t THAT intense. Luckily we have air conditioning. My neighbors across the street don’t have air conditioning so they have to suffer outside because it’s somehow even cooler outside than it is inside of their house.
Stainless steel is great because it is a clean surface that is known for its resistance to rust and corrosion. That’s what makes stainless steel a great choice for kitchens or bathrooms. However, if you’ve owned stainless steel you know that stainless doesn’t mean spotless. Stainless steel shows a lot of dirt and grime, which lower it’s chances of resisting rust and corrosion, but thankfully it’s pretty easy to clean.
Sometimes water is all you need to do the trick. Some warm water and a cloth will go a long way with things like dust and dirt. Be sure to dry the water off of the stainless steel to prevent water spots. The minerals in water as it dries can leave little water spots which take away from the real clean and nice look of stainless. Microfiber is a great option for this as it collects almost all of the water and it won’t scratch the surface of the stainless.
A mild mixture of warm water and dish soap is a super effective cleaner for things like grease and hard to remove dirt on stainless steel. A drop or two of dish soap in a spray bottle of warm water will go a long way. Wipe down the dirty area and rinse the stainless to prevent soap and or water spots. Be sure to wipe down with a dry towel to prevent any further water spots left from minerals in the water.
Glass cleaner is the perfect remedy for those pesky fingerprints left on your stainless. Fingerprints are the most common complaint about stainless steel, but a little glass cleaner or household ammonia will make that a worry of the past. The best application is to spray a light amount of cleaner into a microfiber cloth and wipe your stainless in a circular motion. Spraying the stainless directly can leave spots and can waste cleaner. Also, the circular motion is important because simply wiping up and down will leave streaks. Some of the newer kinds of stainless steel can resits fingerprints, but I haven’t heard of one that is 100% effective yet.
Stainless Steel Cleaner
Stains that are difficult to remove, scratches, or just need a good ole fashion polish, stainless steel cleaner may be your best option. Some of these polishes and cleaners can help minimize scratches when removing stains as well as polish your stainless steel to prevent further scratches and grime. Before going all gung-ho on your stainless, find an inconspicuous spot to test the cleaner. Most cleaners have very specific directions and if not done properly can leave your stainless steel more gunked up than what you started with.
The most common thing that I have trouble with cleaning the the hood in my kitchen. It’s hard to reach and usually has a pretty thick coat of grease on it after a few months, no matter how many times it’s cleaned. For situations I recommend calling a professional, I like to call for commercial kitchen cleaning in Sacramento, CA. That seems to always be the best way to get my hood and kitchen clean and get the stainless around the kitchen looking brand spanking new.